|Letter from Rep. Billy Tauzin
(R-LA) to Richard Clarke.
Re: National Security Council's National Infrastructure Assurance Council.
Date: January 25, 2001.
Source: House Commerce Committee.
January 25, 2001
Mr. Richard Clarke
National Coordinator for Security,
Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-Terrorism
National Security Council
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20506
Dear Mr. Clarke:
As you know, the Committee on Energy and Commerce has been actively involved
over the past several years in anti-terrorism matters, particularly in the area
of cyber security. Accordingly, I read with interest an article in Mondayís
edition of the Wall Street Journal, which discussed the failure of the Clinton
Administration to provide to the Congress a final report on the
Administrationís efforts to protect the most sensitive government computer
networks from cyber attacks by hackers or terrorists. The article notes that a
200-page report was, in fact, prepared, but was never signed by President
Clinton or forwarded to the Congress. Under the Defense Authorization Act of
2001, this report was required to be transmitted to the Congress by January 15,
The article also discusses President Clintonís last-minute appointments to
the National Infrastructure Assurance Council (NIAC), a council created by
Executive Order 18 months ago in order to facilitate cooperation between the
Federal government and the private sector on ensuring the security of the
nationís electrical grids, telephone systems, and other critical
infrastructure systems. As the Committee with jurisdiction over many such
systems, I am concerned that President Clinton waited until his last full day in
office to finally appoint the first group of members to this critical council.
I understand that your office oversees matters relating to the NIAC and the
cyber security report discussed above. In order for the Committee to continue
its assessment of the Federal governmentís efforts in this vital area, I
request that you provide to the Committee the final, cleared version of the
above-referenced report on the governmentís cyber security efforts. In
addition, please provide the Committee with a complete listing of the
individuals appointed by President Clinton to the NIAC, along with a copy of
each individualís resume, curriculum vitae, or other biographical background
information. Please also indicate whether your office recommended each of these
individuals for a position on the NIAC and, if not, specify the individual or
entity that recommended such person. Please provide these materials no later
than Wednesday, January 31, 2001.
cc: The Honorable John D. Dingell, Ranking Member
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin
Committee on Energy and Commerce